Quote from "Stepping Heavenward" by Mrs. E. Prentiss

"She says I shall now have one mouth more to fill and two feet the more to shoe, more disturbed nights, more laborious days, and less leisure or visiting, reading, music and drawing.

Well! This is one side of the story, to be sure, but I look at the other.

Here is a sweet, fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which dwells is worthy of all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in Christ's name, I make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other dear darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, wondrously blest!"

Friday, June 8, 2012

When it Rains, it pours .... like a Hurricane!

Chemo went fine Monday and I thought that this time around I was immune to the side effects.  I prayed I would be :D.   Tuesday was great.   Wednesday and Thursday were awful.   In fact, they are a blur.   I cannot believe two days have past that I was so ill.   In fact, I threatened not to go back.   Today I am queasy and tired, but not dying feeling.  Meanwhile, I awoke this morning to find out my husband's cabinet shop was broken into.   ONE.....MORE.......THING.......really?      His spray guns are gone and a box of tools.    They suspect they may be back for the big stuff.  I am so tired from the chemo but strangely enough, still encouraged.    Maybe it's the encouraging notes I get in the mail while still in the storm, the regular influx of meals, or even the big gift we got yesterday.   I am sure I didn't even seem very grateful.   I was so very sick.  Yesterday a sister in Christ delivered gloves, gauze, the shirts my children needed for camp, an outfit each for my two smallest, laundry detergent, dish washing detergent, dish washer detergent, and $40 towards tennis shoe for the boys.   The storm is raging.   The robbery felt like sneaky sideways hurricane winds.   But God....He is here.   And I am thankful. 

Psalm 103
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
    his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
    nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
    so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;
    he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass;
    he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
    and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
    and his righteousness to children's children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
    and remember to do his commandments.
19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
    and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his word,
    obeying the voice of his word!
21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
    his ministers, who do his will!
22  Bless the Lord, all his works,
    in all places of his dominion.
   Bless the Lord, O my soul!


Jolene said...

Oh, Michelle! I am praying for you and the family! Praise God for His mercies that are new everyday!

Wendy said...

I am so glad that you are feeling better! I can't imagine how difficult it must be to have a positive attitude when so many negative things are happening. I don't always have a good attitude even when things are going well! Thank you for being such a good example for me and so many others. I'll be continuing to pray for you on your road to being well again.

CynthiaJSwenson said...

Bless you Michelle! I am overwhelmed just reading this but I know the Lord is with you & He is all we need & he is our only true hope in this life! Love & prayers, your sister in Jesus, Cynthia . Oh & thanks so much for posting Psalm 103. Every word is true & we faithfully bless the Lord!

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